Art Workshop

The Art Workshop organized by the Apeejay Anand Children's Library commemorates and celebrates the birth anniversary of Anand Paul who left us untimely due to a tragic accident in the year 1989. The Workshop encourages children to explore their creativity and imagination with colours on media given on a theme based on love, empathy and compassion.

The Art Workshop this year, espousing the theme, "रंगों का खेला, खुशियों का मेला– Rango ka Khela, Khushiyon ka Mela", saw thousands of children from the city and its peripheral areas, both from mainstream institution and NGO's, explore the world of shades and hues, thus inspiring the insipid society to view the world in meaningful and variegated colours. Participating schools and organizations included Laxmipat Singhania Academy, Loreto (Sealdah), South Point School, Sri Sri Academy, Manovikas Kendra , Ideal School for Deaf, Rainbow project, Children Welfare, CINI Kolkata Unit Association, Pratham Padaskhep(Special), and FOCUS and the list goes on.
The children on the lawns, under the blue sky, displayed their imaginative and creative drivein conceptualisation of the theme in graphic form and the in riot of colours achieved through mixing of paints, decorated the umbrellas, provided to them by the Apeejay Anand Children's Library. The quaint world of their imagination, resplendent in yellow, green, red and blue, depicted diverse designs upholding the theme.

Sri Bimal Kundu, renowned sculptor, Lalit Kala Akademi National Award winner, recipient of Gaganendranath Memorial Medal, Birla Academy Award graced the occasion as the chief guest.The panel of judges included renowned sculptors and artistes from the city. The names are as follows

1) Sri Partha Dasgupta
2) Sri Shyamal Roy
3) Srimati Chandrima Roy
4) Sri samir Sarkar
5) Sri Volanath Rudra
6) Sri Srikanta Paul
7) Sri Soumen Khanrui
8) Sri Devjit Malakar
9) Sri sujit Ghosh

The judges found it really difficult to choose the winners of the day as the children were at their artistic best .However after much deliberation the results were declared.

The winners of the day as decided by the jury were:

  • Akalsha Ghosh -Loreto Day School – 1st Prize
  • Chabi Biswas -Bali Chorus- 2nd Prize
  • Zarin Khatoon- Apeejay Anand Children's Library – 3rd Prize
  • Genia Chatterji- Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan- Certificate of Appreciation
  • Debasmi Bhowmick- Delhi Public School Ruby Park-Prize for Judges Choice
  • Pooja Chokraborty – Bali Chorus- Most Promising prize
  • Zenia Bhattacharya- Modern High School- Prize for Best Effort
  • Rizwana Khatoon - Smt Jahar Nandi Vidyapeeth– Prize for Librarian's Choice

The acclaim and appreciationcharged the kids, filling them with renewed zeal. A gift hamper - containing a tube of toothpaste, a pencil box with stationary, a tiffin box with a slice of cake, a perk bar, a packet of biscuits, wafer chips, an art book, art worksheets, crayons,  puzzle boards, rubric's cube, paper mask, ball, camel colours, chocolates, fruit juice, a packet of noodles and much more along with the self-painted umbrella - was gifted to all the children as a token of appreciation for their sincere effort and to recognise the spirit of participation that is in no way any less than winning.

Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surendra Group has been the inspiration for the extended service of the Apeejay Anand Childrens' Library. She is the motivating force of the various ventures undertaken by the library in taking care of the urban and less fortunate children in the cities of New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Gurgaon. The Apeejay Anand Library is associated with various NGOs in the cities - ApneAap in Kolkata's Khidirpur , Bhumi in NariKuravar School - Chennai(24 hour shelter home for boys) ,Salaam Baalak Trust -New Delhi (24 hours Shelter home for boys) and in Chandigarh run by the Vatsal Chaya Trust. The Art Mela, conceived by Ms.Paul, is an extension of the community outreach work exploring the creative skills of the children. It is a very progressive attempt to integrate the lesser privileged children with the mainstream students through a creative disposition.

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